AVST Appoints Paul Cheslaw Vice President & General Manager, EMEA

Industry Veteran Chartered with Corporate Expansion in EMEA Region

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., January 10, 2006 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced it has appointed Paul Cheslaw as Vice President & General Manager for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations.

With 20 years of experience in worldwide sales and support, Cheslaw comes to AVST with a strong emphasis in developing, building and managing EMEA operations for a variety of firms in the enterprise communications market.  In this new role with AVST, Cheslaw will focus on AVST’s corporate expansion in the EMEA region including leveraging the company’s existing partnerships, building the sales and support infrastructure and expanding distribution in key markets. 

“Paul comes to AVST at an exciting time in the company’s history,” said AVST’s President and CEO Hardy Myers.  “The EMEA region is critical to our global growth strategy and we plan to leverage Paul’s extensive experience to expand our presence in this region.  The addition of Paul to our executive staff is an indication of the importance that we place on providing best of breed unified communications solutions to enterprise customers in the EMEA region.”

Prior to AVST, Cheslaw was Managing Partner for Executive Conversation International, a consulting firm that focuses on strategic sales training for senior management of various high technology companies including Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and British Telecom.  Cheslaw has also held a variety of EMEA senior management roles for various premier technology firms including Annuncio Software, an eCRM solution provider acquired by PeopleSoft Corporation in 2002, Latitude Communications, Inc., the world’s first voice and data collaboration server provider acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. in 2003, Octel Communications Corporation and VMX Inc.  During his tenure with VMX Inc., the company achieved the leading position in the European voice processing market through the establishment of long-term distribution agreements with British Telecom, Mercury Communications, Ericsson, Siemens and other major distributors throughout EMEA.

Cheslaw will manage AVST’s EMEA operations from the company’s London offices.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions.

Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure.

Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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